I am Dr James Smith: postdoc, editor, and OA enthusiast.

Scrivener & Smith is where I do all of these things together, and where you can learn more about me. The factors that tie my research, my editing, and my career together are creativity and openness.

A little about me: I received my doctorate in History from the University of Western Australia in 2015, was a research associate at the University of York from 2015-17, and now live in Ireland. My first academic book is Water in Medieval Intellectual Culture: Case-Studies from Twelfth-Century Monasticism (Brepols, 2018). I have also edited a volume entitled The Passenger: Medieval Texts and Transits (punctum books, 2017), and am co-editing a themed volume of the Open Library of the Humanities on New Approaches to Medieval Water Studies.

I am a 2018-20 Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow in Geography at Trinity College Dublin. My research project is entitled ‘Deep Mapping the Spiritual Waterscapes of Ireland’s Lakes: The Case of Lough Derg, Donegal‘. In 2017-18 I was a visiting research fellow at the Trinity College Dublin Long Room Hub. See more about my work at Humanities Commons. You can read more about my project on my profile and project blog.

In 2018 I was the marketing officer for the Open Library of Humanities (OLH), and continue to be a strong advocate and supporter. The OLH is a charitable organisation dedicated to publishing open access scholarship with no author-facing article processing charges (APCs), and funded by an international consortium of libraries. I am currently a member of the Trinity College Dublin Open Scholarship task force as well as the TCD Library’s Unboxing Open Scholarship initiative.

In addition I have over over six years of editing experience in academic and commercial publishing. Most recently, this has included freelance work as a house editor and advanced editor (online testing) for Sweet and Maxwell, Thomson Reuters UK.

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